I took this picture on my first visit to L Dub (Lawrence Weston) in July last year, but there were so many pieces being painted in Bristol at that time, that this was one of many that got left behind. The silver lining of being in lock down is that I have time to free up photographs from my archives (only a fraction mind).
Dun Sum seems to ‘own’ L Dub, with barely a surface there that hasn’t been spray painted by him. His work is really unusual and distinct, with his characters all having an unreal air about them, a kind of fusion of fantasy and that which we recognise. Dun Sum creates a new world forr us to enjoy. It is just such a pity that so few people get to see his work due to the very low footfall at L Dub. Perhaps he could be tempted into central Bristol…
I think that the uncrowned king of L Dub is probably Dun Sum. You can scarcely find a wall down there that hasn’t seen some of his paint at some point. What is interesting about that is that I have never seen any of his work anywhere else. This is the sign of an artist well within his comfort zone (and possibly driving range).
I can’t tell if this wonderful character is an established cartoon figure or something from Dun Sum’s imagination, either way it is rather a fine creature. His work is always creative and imaginative and he seems to enjoy incorporating lots of colour, adding interest to his menagerie.
The unofficial king of L Dub, Dun Sum has created this magnificent and rather weird long fantasy seascape, making excellent use of a wall that is otherwise difficult to paint. He has skilfully written his name – somewhat disguised – to the left of his main character. In the feature picture you might be able to make out SUM, the DUN is a little too far away.
The character is a wonderful imagined creature of the sea, part hermit crab, part jelly fish, part squid wearing a fine pair of what look like ski-goggles. the character is accompanied by a couple of other creatures including a six-armed starfish (not as uncommon as you might think in the natural world. A fun and unusual piece.
It might be a little bit of an over-statement, but judging from the amount of work by Dun Ssum in this particular spot he could arguably be crowned king of L Dub. Not only is there a lot of his work there, but it is all really creative and imaginative.
In this piece we see a beautifully painted magpie collecting gadgets that look like the old Sony Walkman (remember those) but might be something different altogether. Dun Sum usually tries to conceal his name into his pieces and in this case he has woven it into the lower part of the bird’s nest. A fine piece on a large wall at L Dub.
I have only ever seen Dun Sum’s work at the L Dub spot, but there is quite a lot of it here. I am led to understand that he doesn’t live in Bristol, which might explain his presence here on the outskirts of the city.
Difficult to photograph in the murky depths of the underpass, this piece is absolutely fantastic. It portrays a kind of monkey DJ thing going on and a whole load of nods to other artists who paint in this space. Look carefully at the character’s tail and you can make out Dun Sum’s signature. A nice piece from the L Dub specialist.
I am a huge sucker for any street art featuring a chameleon because my daughter has a beautiful panther chameleon called George, and he is really one of the most exquisite looking reptiles you could set eyes on. This is a piece by Dun Sum, an artist I’ve not encountered before, who seems to favour painting at L Dub. Looking at his Instagram account, it looks like he is a designer/illustrator by profession who does a bit of street art in his spare time.
This chameleon is wonderfully colourful and cleanly painted with a really interesting fill pattern – closely mirroring the kinds of patterns you find on these creatures. I rather like the additional concealed skull just behind its head. All in all a rather nice piece, and I’m sure not the last I’ll be featuring from this artist.